First day of school for New York City public school students


ABC7NY.COM, DOWNLOAD OUR ABC7NY APP, TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE GO. >>>IN OUR AREA, IT WAS BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE CITY’S 1 MILLION+ STUDENTS. STUDENTS HEADED BACK TO CLASSES READY TO BEGIN ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR. MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO IS VISITING SCHOOLS IN ALL FIVE BOROUGHS TODAY. HE STARTED WITH A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY ON STATEN ISLAND AS THE CITY CONTINUES TO EXPAND THEIR PRE-K PROGRAM TO INCLUDE THREE AND 4-YEAR- OLDS. WE HAVE MORE LIVE FROM DOWNTOWN. >>Reporter: WRIGHT, DIANA, THEY ARE GETTING A VERY EARLY START. THIS IS URBAN ASSEMBLY HIGH SCHOOL IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN. THE SECOND STOP ON THE MAYOR’S FIVE BOROUGH TOUR. ON THIS, OF COURSE, THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IN NEW YORK CITY. HE IS USING THIS DAY TO PUSH HIS SIGNATURE INITIATIVE, WHICH IS OF COURSE, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. THAT IS WHY HE STARTED HIS DAY EARLY ON STATEN ISLAND AT THE RICHMOND PRE-K CENTER, GRIEVING 3-YEAR-OLDS AND THEIR PARENTS. IT IS PART OF THE MAYOR’S PRE- K FOR ALL PROGRAM INTENDED TO GIVE KIDS A JUMP ON KINDERGARTEN. IN MANY AREAS KIDS ARE STARTING SCHOOL AT AGE 3 AND A PROGRAM THAT WILL EVENTUALLY EXPAND ACROSS THE CITY. THIS FALL SOME 20,000 STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ENROLL IN PRE- K. THE MAYOR SAYS IT IS INTENDED TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. HE SAYS AP CLASSES ARE EXPANDING AND UPPER GRADES AND THAT GRADUATION RATES IN THE CITY ARE UP. FOR PARENTS, ESPECIALLY PARENTS OF LITTLE KIDS, THIS IS A BITTERSWEET MOMENT. >>I TOLD HER, ARE YOU READY FOR SCHOOL? YEAH MOMMY, I CAN’T WAIT TO GO TO SCHOOL AND MEET NEW FRIENDS. >>THE FIRST THING, ARE THEY READY? THEN YOU LEARN KIDS ARE LIKE SPONGES READY TO LEARN SO MUCH. SO MANY FAMILIES NEED SUPPORT TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN ALL THAT THEY DESERVE. AND HAVING ACCESS TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. >>Reporter: THE YEAR IS NOT STARTING WITHOUT CONTROVERSY. PARENTS ARE ANXIOUS TO KNOW HOW THE MAYOR AND THE SCHOOL CHANCELLOR PLAN TO HANDLE DIVERSITY. HOW THEY PLAN TO DESEGREGATE AMERICA’S LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEM. ONE PANEL HAS RECOMMENDED ENDING GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS. NO SPECIFICS TODAY FROM THE MAYOR OR THE CHANCELLOR, ALTHOUGH THE MAYOR HAS SAID

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  1. Andrew Schlagler says:

    The NYC Schools are going to scrap the gifted and talented program because black pupils fail miserably on the test to get into the academically advanced program. People cry about Asian & White students because the Asians/Whites ace the test and are 90% of the admissions to the good schools. They're scrapping the program because one group isn't intelligent enough to score well. In life, it isn't fair to level the playing field all the time. This crap wouldn't have happened 50 years ago!

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